Wednesday, July 15, 2009

DAY 30 Success!

Posted by Mariel on Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The feeling's mutual, Michael ;)

I started my day with a leisurely skate at the park, followed by a fresh and filling brunch of salmon, cream cheese, and vegetable sushi with a thick berry smoothie. Today, I took the day off to celebrate my 30 days—straight—of blogging (well, and also because I just finished some deadlines for the week). After this, I'm baking a gooey chocolate cake using a Nigella Lawson recipe I found on YouTube, and filling it with custard cream courtesy of Martha Stewart. Ah, yes... the life of a freelancer. It can be quite sweet.

While doing this 30-Day Blog Challenge, I found myself dealing daily with the dilemma of what to write about, as at least half of the ideas I come up with are either very personal or painful to remember (or both). Will it be the story about how I'd lost my first glamorous city job? Or will I talk about this new, decadent recipe I found online? If you read the entries, you'll find that they're a combination of both 'heavy' and happy stuff. And I'm happy with the results.

I always try to make it a point to make each post as heartfelt, honest, and engaging as possible. After all, reading my blog takes up some of your time, so I'd like to make each visit worthwhile. So as much as I would like to blog about the 10 Nicknames Friends and Family Have Coined for Me, the last reaction I would like to elicit is "So what?" or "Who cares?"

So with that, I'd like to THANK YOU all for helping me finish this 30-day challenge. After all, if it weren't for your comments, kind notes, and words of encouragement, I probably wouldn't even have gone past Day Five. You see I'm terrible at sticking to self-imposed schedules. And this has been a pleasant start to something promising.

Now I'd be happy to hear about your own 30-day blog projects! These last couple of weeks, I've discovered new sites and I'm enjoying reading them as often as I could. Some of you are planning to blog for 30 days straight as well, so please keep me posted. I'll be on the lookout for guest bloggers to share their posts at, to keep the fun going. As for me, my next 'challenge' will most likely be fitness-related. I'll probably never get around to the waking-up-everyday-at-5am habit, but I'm okay with that.

Here's to small steps to success :)

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